Trending: Velvet

 

Seems like wherever you turn this autumn there’s something velvet! Along with embroidery it definitely appears to be one of the hottest trends, both in the home and in fashion. There’s no denying the fabric’s luxe appeal or the level of comfort it can bring to chillier weather, but what are your feeling – are you on board?

 

Busby Tufted Cube Ottoman // Herschel Supply Co. Grove Velvet Backpack // Haverhill Chair

 

Matte Velvet Curtain // Minna Velvet Sofa // Noah Velvet Lounge Chair

 

Kevin O’Brien Ombre Velvet Pillow // Piper Petite Velvet Sofa // Sabre Velvet Bomber Jacket

 

Serpentine Velvet Belt // Shimmer Velvet Duvet Cover // Valencia Flat

 

Velvet Bag // Velvet Hait Clip Set // Jeffrey Campbell Velvet Heeled Sandals

 

Crosley X UO Velvet Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player // Velvet High Top Sneakers // Velvet Puffer Jacket

 

Velvet Seat Cushion // Wide-Leg Velvet Pants // Velvet Hair Scrunchie Set

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Stak Ceramics

 

Heather and Myles Geyman built a friendship, marriage, and business – in that order. Chances are you’ve seen Stak Ceramics‘ super functional slip cast ceramic pieces before, because they’re everywhere. (They’re also often ripped off, unfortunately.) Whether it’s the kitchen tablet dock, the sprout planter phone dock, or any number of other minimally beautiful creations made in their Pittsburgh studio, you can be sure that they’ll help you live well.

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14 Apps for All

ROW 1:

Amikasa – Design your dream interior by recreating and styling your rooms using furniture and decor from real brands. Then use augmented reality to see how furniture really looks in your room before you buy.

Baby Loggy – A simple and intuitive way to track your baby’s care that helps you track breast feedings, bottle feedings, milk pumping, diaper changes, sleeping times, bath times, growth measurements, medications, milestones, notes, and more.

ROW 2:

Calm – Bring more clarity, joy, and peace to your daily life by experiencing less anxiety and better sleep with guided meditations, breathing programs, and Sleep Stories. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress.

iHandy Level – Use for picture alignment, angle measurements, angles of slope, verticality of a wall or furniture, roof pitch, and much more.

KonMari – Start tidying up your home using the official app for the KonMari Method and create an ideal life that sparks joy.

ROW 3:

magicplan – Lets you create professional floor plans simply by taking pictures to generate complete job estimates, view your space in 3D, plan DIY projects, or furnish your home.

Orai – Be empowered to speak with confidence when on stage, in front of a room, or in everyday life.

OurHome –  A simple way to organize your family. Kids will be motivated to do chores and take responsibility while parents can reward them for their effort. There’s a shared grocery list and a family calendar to keep everyone coordinated.

ROW 4:

PRÊTE – The first members only concierge service to access the best blowouts in your city (currently in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, and Chicago). As a member you’ll get access to the most exclusive salons and stylists to book blowout appointments.

Recycle Coach – Never lose track of collection, set reminders for collections, search the ‘What Goes Where?’ database for detailed disposal instructions specific to your area, and keep track of upcoming events and drop-off dates.

Sephora – Learn how to apply the latest techniques like a pro or customize your look with Sephora’s new color match and virtually try-on recommended products from all the brands you love. Get your daily beauty fix with insider access and exclusive offers.

ROW 5:

SmartyPlants – Add a plant by entering its name and taking its photo, the app will detect if the plant is part of our growing botanical database and suggest a few care reminders for that species. You can also create your own reminders in just a few taps. Once you’ve added your plants, SmartyPlants will notify you when each one needs to be watered, fertilized, pruned, repotted, rotated, weeded, misted, mulched, flushed, propagated, etc.

Sway – An ‘interactive meditation’ experience, Sway uses your phone to track movement and provides feedback to help you gain focus and improve your attention. With six unique levels, you will learn new techniques to be mindful in everyday life situations and subtly practise mindfulness anytime and anywhere.

Think Dirty – The easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows you to compare products as you shop, just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, track dirty ingredients, and shop for cleaner options

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May Favorites

1/ EcoBark Dog Harness
After years of searching for a harness that helped control my dog’s tendency to pull, as well as one that fit her broad chest/small neck measurements, I’ve found it. This thing is a lifesaver and the straps are made from recycled water bottles – bonus. (Note: runs small)

2/ Lemon Tree
Plants are therapeutic for me, and I picked up one of these little guys during a plant buying binge. I liked the idea of trying to grow it so much that I bought my Grandma one for Mother’s Day, too. No doubt hers will be five feet tall before mine hits 18-inches!

3/ Native Union Night Cable
This ten-foot long cable is amazing for charging your phone and devices while lounging in bed. The weighted knot anchors it to any surface, so you’re not left searching for your fallen phone when the alarm goes off in the morning.

4/ Elemental Coffee
My favorite coffee from when I lived in Oklahoma City remains my favorite 2 1/2 years post-move. The small batch roastery imports and roasts their own, and you can order a subscription service to show up on your doorstep. I highly recommend the Perusha.

5/ NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square
A classic orangey-red that looks amazing on any skin tone, it’s been my go-to for a few years.

6/ Case Study Bentwood Tray Table
I rely on this tray table in the evenings, when I’m sitting on the couch with the dogs and either listening to records or half paying attention to something on television. It’s a great height and wide enough that I can sit crosslegged under it.

7/ Bebe drawn by Preserve a Moment
The super talented Susanne Kasielke drew my pup, Bebe, from a photo I’d shared in Instagram months ago. Her work is top-notch and I suspect it won’t be long until I commission her to illustrate my other pup as well!

8/ Tadesse Bucket Bag
The perfect bag for summer, its roomy interior provides so much space for essentials while the drawstring closure keeps it all secure. (It’s also available in a mini size and several colors of leather!)

9/ Yucca Plant
I had no clue that yucca plants could survive outdoors in Pennsylvania, or that I had three in my front yard, or that they bloom sporadically! Mine sprouted some tall stalks just about overnight, now I’m waiting for their white bell-like flowers to bloom.

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Learn Something New with Brit + Co!

 

This year I’ve found myself in a gigantic creative rut that I’m constantly trying to dig myself out of. My Instagram quote series helps some, photoshoots can be creative, but sometimes the only way out is to learn something new. Just the idea of that can be overwhelming, but what if someone broke it down for you? Maybe they put together an easy online class that you can watch as many times as you need and the entire thing is affordable?

Well, that’s just what Brit + Co has done with 67 different skills, from succulent gardening to digitizing artwork and 65 things in between. New classes are being released all the time and a few are even free! 

Five of you have the chance to win two classes each, right here, right now. Maybe you want to pick up your DSLR camera and know what you’re doing or maybe you want to pass them on to your mom or an upcoming graduate. Read on to check out my favorite classes and enter the giveaway below!

 

 

Calligraphy 101
Calligraphy extraordinaire Lauren Essl covers all the need-to-know basics of pointed pen calligraphy. During the class, she’ll walk you through everything from your basic supply list to the right way to dip your pen. She’ll also take you step-by-step through basic script technique for numbers, uppercase, and lowercase letters. Not only will you walk away with beautiful hand-lettered greeting cards to share with your friends, you’ll also get alphabet templates, grids, and practice sheets.

Phone Photography Basics
Learn how to expertly shoot and edit photos while on the move! Using just your smartphone, you’ll learn how to capture beautiful photos on any occasion. With pro editing tips and a few styling tricks, you’re going to own the Instagram game. How? You’ll learn how to setup the trendy flat lay shot, find and shoot in natural light and make photos pop with in-app filters.

 

 

Intro to Adobe Photoshop
In this class, you’ll learn how to create eye-catching photos and layouts like a pro with graphic designer Teela Cunningham. Her class is an awesome confidence booster when it comes to learning the ins and outs of the Adobe Photoshop interface. You’ll walk away from the class equipped with the skills to create photos and graphics that can be used on social media, a blog or as a personalized gift.

 

 

Bounce Lettering Basics
Brittany Luiz is going to teach you a unique style of brush pen lettering called bounce lettering. It’s a technique that adds more style and character to your lettering designs. And don’t worry if your handwriting isn’t that great because lettering is more than learning how to draw letters. It’s really about learning the strokes and how to apply the right pressure to your brush pen.

 

 

Intro to DSLR Photography
This class is perfect for those who have invested in a fancy camera but haven’t learned how to use it yet. Jenna will teach you the ins and outs of your DSLR camera, from exposure settings, shooting in auto and manual, and what various lenses should be used for. Finally, she’ll walk you through setting up the best conditions for your very own photoshoot.

 

 

Digitize Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
In this course, you’ll learn how to turn quick ink illustrations into versatile digital files that you can use as fun and colorful wallpapers for your desktop and phone. You’ll leave the class with two digital wallpapers to call your own. Plus, you’ll get access to four additional designs that you can use for practice. Think of all the art prints, textiles, stationery and wallpaper you can create!

 

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